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Le Petit Cheval Bordeaux Blanc 2018 (750ML)

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#65 James Suckling's Top 100 Wines of France 2021
A wonderful and rather exotic white with aromas of pears, lychees, lemons and some green apples that follow through to the palate and show layers of dreamy texture and a long, flavorful finish. The texture is more like a red that a white. Fermented and aged in slightly larger oak barrels. This is a special wine and the best release so far. Very intense. 74% sauvignon blanc and 26% semillon. One for the cellar. - James Suckling
Tasting Note: The first nose is discreet, dominated by citrus fruits. By airing it, floral notes take over (lime blossom, lilac, white flowers). The “new-born” Semillon in the blend opens up a new aromatic register, made up of white-fleshed fruits, and a delicate note of acacia honey and beeswax. The wood, remarkably discreet, brings a mineral and smoky touch. The fresh and precise attack continues in the mid-palate with impressive amplitude and volume. The balance between fat and acidity brings great depth in the mouth, and the long finish is slightly enhanced by a nice bitterness.

We are pleased to bring you the latest vintage of Le Petit Cheval Blanc 2018, a dry white wine by St Emilion superstar Château Cheval Blanc. Coming from 6.6 hectares of vines that are nested in the parcels of the 1er Grand Cru Classéfor the first time Semillon is part of the blend (26%) with sauvignon blanc (74%). Clay soils have been selected on the estate to plant the semillon variety which is particularly well adapted to this type of soil, fostering the wines aging potential and complexity. After vinification in demi-muids (600L), foudres (15HL) and wooden vats (up to 30 HL), Le Petit Cheval Blanc is aged for 22 months before release.

The story of Le Petit Cheval Blanc began in 2006, when Château Cheval Blanc acquired Château La Tour du Pin. The two estates are separated only by a small road leading from Saint Emilion to Pomerol. Planted with Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this estate was producing red wine entitled to the Saint-Émilion Grand Cru appellation. The vineyard rapidly underwent a profound restructuring, and it appeared that 6.6 hectares had a very interesting profile for white wines. Becoming aware of this fine potential was the start of everything...

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